Brockhampton Make The Leap

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BrockhamptonBrockhampton have been calling themselves a boy band for years; that term is central to their self-presentation. It’s an inside joke. It’s a way to set the group apart from every other rap collective. It’s a way for the group to encourage the personality-cults that have emerged around all the vastly different Brockhampton members, some … More »

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Westside Gunn & Mach Hommy – “Macho On Coke”

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Sometimes, you immediately know how good a song is going to be before clicking play. This is one of those times. Here, we’ve got Westside Gunn, the helium-voiced Buffalo rap hardhead teaming up with Mach-Hommy, the stone-faced Newark surrealist, over a loping beat from producer Daringer. It’s a song called “Macho On Coke.” Its SoundCloud … More »

Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

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This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It’s our late-’10s equivalent of what was happening in the late ’70s. Think about it: Trap is an absolutely dominant commercial force. It’s built around a very specific aesthetic blueprint, right down to its drum pattern, with skittering … More »

Six Albums That Prove Underground Rap Is In A Great Place Right Now

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This is a complete bullshit occurs-to-you-in-the-shower thought, but bear with me here: Trap music is our disco. It’s our late-’10s equivalent of what was happening in the late ’70s. Think about it: Trap is an absolutely dominant commercial force. It’s built around a very specific aesthetic blueprint, right down to its drum pattern, with skittering … More »